Admissions Requirements

 

▼   English Language Center

For more information regarding admission into the English Language Center, please click here.

If you would like to apply for University admission after completion of your English language program, you will need to submit a University admissions application and official high school and/or college transcripts to the Office of Immigration and International Admissions. The University requires a 2.5 high school grade point average for Freshman admission and a 2.0 grade point average for Transfer admission. All grade point averages are calculated by the Office of Immigration and International Admissions.

 

▼   Undergraduate Admissions
  • University of South Alabama International Application for Admission with the processing fee
  • Complete and certified academic records of all secondary and/or postsecondary education attempted must be submitted.
    • It is the student's responsibility to request academic records. 
    • Each record must bear the original stamp/seal and signature of a government or school official (e.g., Registrar or Dean).
    • Academic records should list the subjects studied by year, the number of weekly lecture and laboratory hours in each attempt at every subject, grades, marks, or percentages earned in year-end examinations, and copies of diplomas, titles, degrees, or certificates. Consolidated mark sheets are not accepted.
    • Academic records not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
    • All records must be presented to USA's Office of Immigration and International Admissions from each institution you have attended.
      • Whenever possible, academic records must be sent directly from the issuing institution.
    • If you have a U.S. bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, secondary school records are not required. 
    • Unofficial copies may be accepted on a temporary basis. Any applicant who submits unofficial documents for admissions consideration must submit official copies no later than the student's first semester check-in and orientation. Failure to do so may result in revocation of admissions and cancellation of the immigration document issued by the University.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.5 (secondary/high school) or 2.0 (transfer) as calculated by the Office of Immigration and International Admissions
  • English Proficiency Requirement (must submit official copy of scores)*
    • Minimum TOEFL score of 61 OR 
    • Minimum ACT English subject score of 19 OR 
    • Minimum SAT Reading score of 26 OR 
    • An A,B, or C on Advanced level English Examinations from the United Kingdom OR 
    • Minimum IELTS score of 5.5 OR
    • Minimum iTEP score of 3.6 OR
    • Minimum Pearsons (PTE Academic) score of 44
  • Financial Statement - Non-immigrants must provide proof that sufficient finances are available to undertake one year of study
  • Photocopy of passport information page
  • Transfer Eligibility form (for F-1/J-1 students currently studying in the United States)
  • Prospective student athletes who are admitted as freshmen must submit an official ACT or SAT score report to qualify through the National Collegiate Athletic Association for eligibility
    • For international students (F-1) applying as transfer students from institutions within the United States 
  • Students who have completed and satisfied academic certification requirements for the National Collegiate Athletic Association under Division I guidelines may be considered for admission.

*International students, admitted with the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score, will be required to take additional English as a Second Language courses if their IELTS Reading subscore is less than a 5.5 and if their IELTS Writing subscore is less than a 5.5 or if their TOEFL Reading subscore is less than 20 and if their Writing subscore is less than 20. Successful completion of ESL 015 and/or ESL 016 must be completed within the first 2 semesters of enrollment at the University of South Alabama.

Note: If an applicant submits documentation that is deemed fraudulent, the University will immediately revoke admission and terminate/cancel immigration documents issued by USA.

▼   Graduate Admissions
  • The majority of graduate students will submit their application and all documents through UniCAS. The College of Nursing and Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions programs may use other application methods. If your intended program falls within one of these listed Colleges, please contact the department to verify your method of application.
  • Official copies of academic records detailing coursework completed in colleges, universities or professional institutions will be submitted through UniCAS or department online application system. Official transcripts for all applicants must be mailed to the Office of Immigration and International Admissions. 
  • Unofficial copies may be accepted on a temporary basis. Any applicant who submits unofficial documents for admissions consideration must submit official copies no later than the student's first semester check-in and orientation. Failure to do so may result in revocation of admissions and cancellation of the immigration document issued by the University.
  • English Proficiency Requirement (must submit official scores):
    • Minimum TOEFL score of 71 OR 
    • Minimum IELTS score of 6 OR
    • Minimum iTEP score 3.7 OR
    • Minimum Pearsons (PTE Academic) score 48
    • Please note that some programs may require different English proficiency scores for admission. Please contact the department for specific details on their English proficiency policy.
    • Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution are not required to submit TOEFL results.
  • Official Tests
    • Official test scores must be uploaded through UniCAS with the exception of IELTS score reports which must be mailed to the Office of Immigration and International Admissions.
    • The GMAT is needed for the Mitchell College of Business.
    • The GRE is needed for other colleges (i.e. School of Computing, College of Engineering, etc.)
    • For specific test and test scores policies, please contact the department for admission requirements.
  • Letters of Recommendation (department requirements may vary)
    • Three original letters of recommendation written by persons familiar with the applicant's academic qualifications and ability to undertake the proposed course of study are required. The request to recommenders are made through UniCAS. 
  • Statement of Purpose uploaded to UniCAS (department requirements may vary)
    • A two- to three-page essay written by the applicant. This essay should introduce the applicant as a scholar to the graduate committee. Often, the essays contain information about the applicant’s educational and career goals.
  • Financial Statement - Non-immigrants must provide proof that sufficient finances are available to undertake one year of study.
  • Photocopy of passport information page
  • Transfer Eligibility form (for F-1/J-1 students currently studying in the United States)
  • Students interested in the Doctorate of Medicine (MD) program must have permanent resident status in the United States. 

OIIA recommends that all applicants check the website of the department you wish to apply for specific program admissions requirements.

Note: If an applicant submits documentation that is deemed fraudulent, the University will immediately revoke admission and terminate/cancel immigration documents issued by USA.